Category Archives: Duke Basketball

Jayson Tatum, Luke Kennard Honored by NBA Peers

Two former Duke Blue Devil basketball players have been honored by their peers during a Q & A with rookies entering the NBA this season.

After a lack luster class a season ago, this years NBA crop of rookies could be remembered as one of the best drafts in recent memory.  Duke placed three picks in the first round and one in the early second round.

Most recently, NBA.com sent out a survey to the rookie class asking them to vote on perceived accolades.  Jayson Tatum, who is headed to the Boston Celtics was honored as the player most likely to have a great career.  He tied the Lakers Lonzo ball for the honor.

Which rookie will have the best career?

1. Lonzo Ball, L.A. Lakers -- 18.4%
 Jayson Tatum, Boston -- 18.4%

3. Josh Jackson, Phoenix -- 10.5%
Dennis Smith Jr., Dallas -- 10.5%

5. De'Aaron Fox, Sacramento -- 7.9%

6. Markelle Fultz, Philadelphia -- 5.3%
  Harry Giles, Sacramento -- 5.3%
Ben Simmons, Philadelphia -- 5.3%

Tatum tying Ball makes it four straight years of Duke Blue Devils earning the most votes in this category by their peers where they joined Jabari Parker, Jahlil Okafor and Brandon Ingram.

Luke Kennard was also picked as the best shooter in the group.  the Detroit Piston to be, won the honor by a wide margin over the closest competitor.

Which rookie is the best shooter?

1. Luke Kennard, Detroit -- 48.6%

2. Malik Monk, Charlotte -- 13.5%

3. Terrance Ferguson, Oklahoma City -- 10.8%

4. Kyle Kuzma, L.A. Lakers -- 5.4%
Tyler Lydon, Denver -- 5.4%

CLICK HERE, to see how the players voted at NBA.COM

Marvin Bagley III Picks Duke

Marvin Bagley takes aim

Make no mistake, Marvin Bagley III is the real deal and a can't miss product.  On Monday evening he committed to Duke University on ESPN.

Bagley is a double-double machine that dominates around the paint.  His Dad is originally from Durham. N.C. and he has family in the are which was a plus.

He has been rated the top player in his class all season, never falling from that perch.  Most recenty he fared well against top NBA talent and that led him to reclassify to the 2017 class.

With his verbal commitment, Duke now has the nations top rated class.  Bagley will join fellow freshman, Trey Duval, Wendell Carter Jr., Gary Trent Jr., Alex O'Connell, Jordan Tucker and Jordan Goldwire.

Report –Marvin Bagley Announcement Set

Marvin Bagley III

Marvin Bagkey III will make not only his college decision but let the nation know if he will reclassify and come out this season tomorrow evening.

Duke has been recruiting Bagley hard of late and working with him as best they can with the process.

Bagley visited family in Durham, N.C. after the Nike Peach Jam event.  He later took visits to UCLA and USC and those are the three schools most feel lead for his service.

The outstanding prospect is a dominant basketball player who is a sure fire bet to go pro after a single season.  His abilities in the class room has made it possible to head to college a year early.

The word is out that he will make his decision live on ESPN at 11 EST on Monday evening.  Although, there has been no official word as of yet from the Bagley family via social media.

Tre Jones is a Duke Blue Devil

Tre Jones will ball at Duke.

Tre Jones selected the Duke Blue Devils as his college destination.   The Minnesota native is the top rated point guard in his class having blown up on the shoe circuit in his senior season.

"Today, it's not about me. It's about my tomorrow. And my tomorrow will be at Duke University," said Jones just minutes ago.  He was flanked by his two brothers and his mom Debbie.

Having another Jones in Durham should excite the Duke fan base in that they are proven leaders and winners.  Jones, brother, Tyus helped lead the Blue Devils to their fifth national championship under Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Tre Jones is considered to be more athletic than his brother and is known as an in your face defender.  Jones can flash down the lane and finish with the dunk to go with his adept passing skills.

'' There is a little bit of advantage just having seen them more in depth and how they handle a season.  With Tyus there I got to see it up close and personal and it was a fun year,'' said Jones earlier this AAU season when asked if his brother being at Duke helps their efforts.

When Jones was asked to describe his game, he stated, ''A leader.  I bring a lot of intensity on the defensive end and hope that carries over.''

More to come.